Change proposed in policy that allows Pa. kids to delay school until age 8

    A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to change the age at which children are required to start school.

    Across most of the state, children aren’t required to go to school until they’re 8 years old, with a few exceptions.

    Rep. Fred Keller, R-Union, wants to set the minimum compulsory age at 6 years old — the most common age minimum for school attendance in the country.

    It’s just common sense to require earlier enrollment in schools, he said Friday.

    “You know, when you look at all the studies that show that the sooner you start working with children and you know they start learning and they’re in good programs, why, the better off they are in later years as far as success and learning and so forth,” Keller said.

    Philadelphia already mandates a minimum age of six for school attendance.

    The statewide rule has an exception.

    It requires students enrolled in first grade before they reach 8 to continue on through grade school. Enrollment can be at a traditional, charter, or cyber charter public school, or an approved private school or homeschooling program.

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